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Princess Mary and Prince Frederik are seen in rare candid pictures from their summer holiday  

The Danish royals enjoyed some rare downtime as they frolicked at the beach on their summer holiday last week. 

Princess Mary, 48, Prince Frederik, 52, and their four children have spent the past seven days relaxing in the celebrity hotspot of Skagen, a town in the northernmost point of Denmark.

The mother-of-four was pictured on the final day of their trip walking the family’s beloved border collie Grace, and she was also seen relaxing with Prince Frederik in the sand dunes enjoying the sunny weather.

Prince Frederik, meanwhile, enjoyed a chilly dip in the ocean with a friend, as well as a bike ride through the fields.

While the couple’s four children – Prince Christian, Princess Josephine and twins Princess Isabella and Prince Vincent – were nowhere to be seen in the new pictures, they have also been on the summer holiday.

The vacation previously took in a stay in Gråsten, Denmark, at Gråsten Palace, which is the official summer residence of the Danish Royal Family – and Princess Mary shared rare candid snaps of the family-of-six while they were there.

‘A couple of wonderful memories from the summer in the beautiful Gråsten,’ the family captioned a set of photos shared to the royal Instagram page.

‘With the desire for a continued good summer – preferably with a little more sunshine.’

The royals have been known to visit Skagen most summers for the past few years, taking it as an opportunity to step away from busy royal life and enjoy time relaxing with friends.

While there, the couple typically enjoy a range of activities – from swimming to sailing and playing tennis at Skagen Tennis Club as well as long coastal walks. 

This year, the Danish royals are enjoying a well-deserved break after a busy few months in the midst of the global pandemic.

Princess Mary spent isolation with husband Prince Frederik, 51, and their four children, Prince Christian, 14, Princess Isabella, 13 and Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine at Fredensborg Palace in Denmark’s east after the outbreak began in March. 

The family chose to return to their spring and autumn residence from southwestern Switzerland, where the children had been taking a 12-week course at the Lemania-Verbier International School. 

They usually attend the Tranegård School in Gentofte, Denmark, but had been studying at the Swiss boarding school to further their overseas experience. 

Denmark gradually lifted its lockdown from April 14, but Mary and Frederik appeared to stay home until mid-May, offering rare glimpses into their personal life by sharing sweet family photos on their official Instagram.

Since then, they have had a number of engagements.

Last month, Princess Mary travelled one hour south of the capital Copenhagen to open Holmegaard Værk, a museum that teaches the country’s history through glass and ceramic designs. 

During lockdown, the Danish royal family proved they’re just like the rest of us with a snap from May 9, which shows them watching a televised performance of ‘The College Songbook’ from their sofa, casually dressed in leggings and sneakers.

The future king and queen contrasted their cosy night-in with a photo from 2004 – the year they were married – which shows them in glamorous evening attire watching a production from the royal box at Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre. 

The striking difference between the photos highlighted how life had changed since the outbreak began, with royalty forced to adapt to confinement just like the rest of us. 

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